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. they were killed tuesday in that attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. today anti-american violence spread throughout the muslim world, all of it sparked by a once-obscure internet film that ridicules the prophet mohammed. the film was produced in the united states. we're going to go first to nancy cordes with the return of the american dead. >> reporter: the remains of the u.s. ambassador to libya and three others were carried off a military plane and into a hangar where the president and other dignitaries state department staffers and the victims' families waited. the families had met privately with the president and secretary of state before the ceremony. >> this has been a difficult week for the state department and for our country. >> reporter: an emotional secretary clinton paid tribute to each man in turn. sphaupb smith joined the state department after six years in the air force. tyrone woods-- known to most as rone-- spent two decades as a navy seal serving multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan. glen doherty-- who went by "bub" was also a former seal and
definitive conclusions. our assessment at the present is in fact it began spontaneously in benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired hours earlier in cairo where, of course, as you know, there was a violent protest outside of our embassy sparked by this hateful video. but soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in that effort with heavy weapons of the sort that are, unfortunately, readily now available in libya post-revolution. and that it spun from there into something much, much more violent. >> schieffer: but you do not agree with him that this was something that had been plotted out several months ago? >> we do not-- we do not have information at present that leads us to conclude this was premeditated or preplanned. >> schieffer: do you agree or disagree with him that al qaeda had some part in this? >> well, we'll have to find out that out. i think it's clear there were extremist elements that joined in and escalated the violence. whether they were al qaeda affiliate
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